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  • Price of corn flour in Venezuela soars 900 percent

    05/24/2016 9:03:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | May 24, 2016 | Staff
    Venezuelans on Tuesday woke up to discover that the government-controlled price of corn flour -- used to make corn patty arepas, a staple of local cuisine -- has risen 900 percent. The socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro had kept the price of corn flour frozen for 15 months at 19 bolivares a kilogram (two pounds).
  • Syria conflict: IS 'destroyed helicopters' at Russian base

    05/24/2016 11:47:18 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    BBC.com ^ | May 24, 2016 | BBC
    New satellite imagery appears to reveal extensive damage to a strategically significant airbase in central Syria used by Russian forces after an attack by so-called Islamic State (IS). Four helicopters and 20 lorries were destroyed in a series of fires inside the T4 base last week, the images from intelligence company Stratfor suggest.
  • Kurdish president calls for statehood, new Middle Eastern order

    05/23/2016 3:32:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/5/16 | David Rosenberg
    Speaking on the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement last week, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, declared that the old Middle East created by European imperialism was dead – and that an independent Kurdish state must be part of the emerging new order. Referring to the secret arrangement by the Allied Powers in World War I to divide the Middle East into “spheres of influence”, Barzani blasted the Sykes-Picot Agreement, saying that it denied the rights of the inhabitants and carved up populations with arbitrary lines. The agreement served as the basis for the establishment of the modern...
  • Production of Coke halted in Venezuela for lack of sugar

    05/23/2016 3:32:18 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 41 replies
    May 23 (Reuters) - The Venezuelan bottler of Coca-Cola has halted production of sugar-sweetened beverage due to a lack of sugar, a Coca-Cola Co spokeswoman said on Monday. Venezuela is in the midst of a deep recession, and spontaneous demonstrations and looting have become more common amid worsening food shortages, frequent power cuts and the world's highest inflation.
  • Imagine No Possessions, Imagine Venezuela

    05/23/2016 4:36:47 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 20, 2016 | Robert Tracinski
    About the same time I was listening to those girls sing “Imagine,” this item came across my news feed: By morning, three newborns were already dead. The day had begun with the usual hazards: chronic shortages of antibiotics, intravenous solutions, even food. Then a blackout swept over the city, shutting down the respirators in the maternity ward. Doctors kept ailing infants alive by pumping air into their lungs by hand for hours. By nightfall, four more newborns had died. “The death of a baby is our daily bread,” said Dr. Osleidy Camejo, a surgeon in the nation’s capital, Caracas, referring...
  • What Seven Hours of Waiting Will Get You in Venezuela

    05/23/2016 8:05:11 PM PDT · by grundle · 21 replies
    panampost.com ^ | August 19, 2015 | Editor’s note: the author of this article expressly asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.
    Take a Walk Down the Atrocity Covered in Wallpaper "The simplest explanation is usually the correct one." ~ Occam’s razor "Why can’t you get things? It is very difficult to explain. I understand you are upset, but you can’t give the oligarchy the upper hand. It’s a matter of being united … another economy is an option, the community economy, the one stemming from small producers … do not give these racketeers (the entrepreneurs) resources. You have to wait in line with us as well, but at least in the end you don’t pay as much." The above message is...
  • Russian schools in push to give students army training

    05/23/2016 10:08:05 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 27 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 20 May 2016 Share
    Schoolchildren in Russia will soon be taught a variety of military skills such as maintaining firearms as part of a new drive by the country's defence ministry. ...snip.... It will include things like assembling assault rifles, shooting and parachute jumping, but also theoretical subjects such as military history and tactics, the Gazeta.ru news website reports, quoting defence ministry officia
  • U.S. Embassy in Venezuela halts new visas for lack of personnel, high demand

    05/23/2016 1:43:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | May 23, 2016 | By Franz von Bergen
    The U.S. Embassy in Venezuela has temporarily stopped scheduling appointments for first-time visa seekers because of the consular staff is insufficient to serve the overwhelming demand, the consular office announced. The measure applies to all new tourist and business visas, for which an average of 1,800 applications were being filed daily. "We had to make this decision because in the last eight months [Venezuela's] Foreign Ministry hasn't responded to various requests to increase personnel," said Lola Petrova, the embassy spokeswoman. She said that with the current number of employees they can handle 800 daily appointments at the most. In an...
  • Editorial: The Left on the Run in Latin America

    05/23/2016 12:38:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 23, 2016 | Editorial Board
    In 2004, Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro launched the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our Americas, a regional alliance of leftist leaders designed to subvert a hemispheric free trade agreement that the United States had been pushing for a decade. Today Latin America's leftist ramparts appear to be crumbling because of widespread corruption, a slowdown in China's economy and poor economic choices. For the most part, leaders failed to create diversified economies capable of withstanding slumps. The welfare and pension programs that kept voters loyal proved unsustainable. Leaders in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia flouted democratic traditions by expanding or...
  • Islamic State aims to destroy Israel, ‘liberate’ Jerusalem with Sinai Peninsula terrorist force

    05/23/2016 10:33:20 AM PDT · by Mr. M.J.B. · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/22/2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    With a media blitz, the Islamic State has set its sights on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as the next shot at expanding its empire and establishing a base from which to attack neighboring Israel.
  • Possible Conflict at Heart of Clinton Foundation

    05/22/2016 9:55:54 PM PDT · by Innovative · 84 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 22, 2016 | ALBERT R. HUNT
    The Clinton Foundation, which has done a number of good works over the past 15 years, would appear to present an inherent conflict of interest should Mrs. Clinton become president, and possibly does even now with her as a candidate. Mrs. Clinton has suggested that if she is elected, the foundation — which collects contributions from wealthy interests, including foreign governments — would continue basically as is. “If Bill seeks to raise large sums of money from donors who also have an interest in U.S. policy, the public will rightly question whether the grants affected United States foreign policy,” said...
  • German-funded school in Gaza teaches military training

    05/23/2016 1:27:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/5/16
    A school built in Gaza using German funds is educating their students on hatred and violence for Israel and providing children with military training At the end of March, a Hamas-affiliated news agency distributed a video showing a Palestinian teacher indoctrinating school children with hatred for Israel and support for an armed struggle against it. The teacher used the letters of the Arabic alphabet as a didactic tool to teach them "the fundamental Palestinian national principles" even before they learn to read. The video did not specify the name of the school; however, data collected by the Intelligence and Terrorism...
  • MH17 families sue Russia and Putin for compensation

    05/22/2016 11:05:06 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 22 May 2016 | Staff and agencies
    An Australian law firm has reportedly filed a compensation claim against Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, in the European court of human rights on behalf of families of victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. The jetliner crashed in Ukraine in pro-Russian rebel-held territory on 17 July, 2014, killing all 298 people on board, including 28 Australians. The aircraft, which was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile, the Dutch Safety Board concluded in its final report late last year.
  • Can Russia Survive Washington’s Attack?

    05/22/2016 7:50:15 PM PDT · by thoughtomator · 30 replies
    Institute for Political Economy ^ | May 19, 2016 | Paul Craig Roberts
    It is not only American generals who are irresponsible and declare on the basis of no evidence whatsoever that “Russia is an existential threat to the United States” and also to the Baltic states, Poland, Georgia, Ukraine, and all of Europe. British generals also participate in the warmongering. UK retired general and former NATO commander Sir Richard Shirreff, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander in Europe until 2014, has just declared that nuclear war with Russia is “entirely possible” within the year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3596977/The-outbreak-nuclear-war-year-West-Putin-entirely-plausible-says-former-NATO-chief-promoting-novel-2017-war-Russia.html My loyal readers know that I, myself, have been warning for some time about the likelihood of nuclear war....
  • Venezuelan president in Jamaica for working visit (On verge of collapse???)

    05/22/2016 10:57:59 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 31 replies
    Jamaica Observer ^ | May 22, 2016
    KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro Moros, arrived in the island last night for a working visit. He was met on arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, among other dignitaries. Senator Johnson Smith said the visit is an important one, and is expecting fruitful talks from a bilateral meeting between President Maduro Moros and Prime Minister Andrew Holness today. The Venezuelan President is also expected to meet with Cabinet ministers.
  • Russia in first raids on Syria's Aleppo since truce: monitor

    05/22/2016 10:32:05 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 3 replies
    Yahoo News (AFP) ^ | May 22, 2016 | Staff
    Russian warplanes hit a key rebel supply route to Aleppo on Sunday in Moscow's first strikes on Syria's battleground second city since a February ceasefire, a monitoring group said. "The Russian and Syrian warplanes together carried out at least 40 air strikes on the Castello road," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdel Rahman said. "They are the heaviest air strikes there since February, and they are also the first confirmed Russian strikes since the truce began," Abdel Rahman said.(Snip)The Castello road is a key supply route for rebels leading north out of Aleppo.
  • J Street tries to defend selling Iran deal for Obama

    05/22/2016 9:20:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 5/2/16 | staff
    The leftist American Jewish group J Street on Sunday issued a response to the revelation that it received more than half a million dollars to advocate for the Obama administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran. The expose, revealed by Associated Press, noted that the Ploughshares Fund was named in an explosive New York Times profile of Obama aid Ben Rhodes, in which the President's chief propagandist listed the central groups responsible for creating an "echo chamber" in order to promote the deal. J Street was listed as receiving $576,000 to sell the deal, in a sum greater than that of...
  • Hamas slams 'Arafat the coward'

    05/22/2016 3:08:12 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/5/16 | Dalit Halevi
    Senior Hamas politburo official Mahmoud al-Zahar reignited the war of words between his terrorist organization and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, which have long been bitter rivals. Hamas and Fatah have remained violently divided despite the unity deal sealed by Abbas in April 2014 when he torpedoed the US-led peace talks. In recent days - even as Egypt is leading talks in Cairo to try and unify the Palestinian factions - al-Zahar upped the ante on Hamas-Fatah tensions by slamming Fatah founder and arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat for being a "coward" and fleeing a battle with Israel, before...
  • All-Seeing Eye: Russia Flies Out Bleeding-Edge A-50U AWACS Aircraft (VIDEO)

    05/22/2016 4:15:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 21.05.2016
    The plane is meant for detecting and tracking a number of aerial (fighter jets, bombers, ballistic and cruise missiles), ground (tank columns) and surface (above-water vessels) targets, informing command centers about the developments in the air and sea, and directing fighter and strike aviation. It can also serve as a command center itself. The A-50 plane is in essence a giant flying data processing center. It is literally stuffed with equipment which is operated by 10 men. The aircraft can also protect itself by means of electronic warfare. It has an aerial refueling system. The main feature of the aircraft...
  • A global intelligence analyst explains why Russia isn't as strong as people think

    05/21/2016 9:12:23 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 22 replies
    BI ^ | Mar. 30, 2016
    Click here to watch the video.
  • Britain has become 'semi-pacifist' under Cameron, says retired general as he warns of war…[tr]

    05/21/2016 3:42:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 18 May 2016 • 12:01AM | Tom Whitehead
    David Cameron has made Britain a “semi-pacifist” nation more interested in protecting “welfare and benefits” than adequate defenses, one of the country’s most senior retired generals has warned. General Sir Richard Shirreff, former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, said the UK had “shrunk in to itself” and carries an “increasingly impotent stick”. He said the country now risked losing its post-Falklands global reputation for military might. …
  • It was 1979 (not 2003) that Unleashed Political Islam

    05/20/2016 7:59:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/20/2016 | Manda Zand Ervin
    It has become the fact in American political talking points, even Mr. Trump insists that what is going on in the Middle East today is the result of the President Bush’s 2003 policy in Iraq that opened the doors to chaos and the creation of ISIS. No one, however, is going back to search for the root causes of the events in today’s complicated and problematic Middle East. The facts are, notwithstanding the forever continuing Palestinian/Israeli war, that the Middle East was kept relatively peaceful and political Islam and its terrorism was kept under control in a secular Iran until...
  • A Fake Museum for a Fake Palestine-The Palestinian Museum is as empty as its soul

    05/20/2016 4:35:06 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 5-20-16 | Daniel Greenfield
    A Fake Museum for a Fake Palestine The Palestinian Museum is as empty as its soul. May 20, 2016 Daniel Greenfield    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. 150 years ago, Mark Twain visited Muslim-occupied Israel and wrote of “unpeopled deserts” and “mounds of barrenness,” of “forlorn” and “untenanted” cities. Palestine is “desolate,” he concluded. “One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings.” The same is true of the Palestinian Museum which opened with much fanfare and one slight problem. While admission is free,...
  • Soros-Backed Group that Helped Sell Iran Nuclear Deal Funds Media, DC Think Tanks

    05/20/2016 9:06:22 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 13 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 20 May 2016 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – A group that advocates a nuclear-free world and was identified earlier this month by the White House as central in helping to market the Iran nuclear deal to the news media has funded National Public Radio since 2005, an Associated Press investigation has revealed. Think tanks funded by the Ploughshares Fund include the Arms Control Association, Brookings Institution, and the Atlantic Council, the AP reported. Unmentioned by the AP is that the Ploughshares Fund is financed by billionaire GEORGE SOROS' OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE. The involvement of Ploughshares in selling the Iran agreement to the public was revealed...
  • General Odierno Says ISIS Was Avoidable

    05/20/2016 4:50:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | May 20, 2016 | Jack Heretik
    General Odierno Says ISIS was AvoidableGen. Raymond Odierno said he believes the Islamic State’s creation was avoidable during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Host Joe Scarborough asked Odierno, who commanded the Multi-National Forces in Iraq for about two years, if ISIS and the current state of Iraq were avoidable when the United States ended formal combat operations there. “Did it ever have to begin? Was ISIS avoidable?” Scarborough asked. “I think it is, and I’m not one for revisionist history,” Odierno said. “Actually, I was, on 1 September 2010, that’s when I gave up command in Iraq and that...
  • U.S. Warns ISIS Capital: Get Out Now

    05/20/2016 12:34:19 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 59 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05.20.16 | Nancy Youssef
    The American military is warning residents of ISIS’s Syrian capital to leave the city—suggesting that an offensive on Raqqa was imminent, two Pentagon officials told the Daily Beast. In the past day, residents of Raqqa have posted photos of the warnings on Twitter, saying they were airdropped on leaflets by the U.S.-led coalition. The defense officials were the first to confirm that the coalition had indeed issued the warnings.
  • Russia Urges Joint Action With US Against Syria's Al-Qaida

    05/20/2016 1:55:40 PM PDT · by Innovative · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 20, 2016 | AP
    The Russian defense minister proposed on Friday that Russia and the U.S.-led coalition launch joint action against al-Qaida's branch in Syria, known as the Nusra Front. A spokesman for the U.S. State Department said no agreement on such action has been made with Russia. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Moscow had proposed to Washington that the coalition call on all factions eager to abide by a cease-fire in Syria to leave the areas where the al-Qaida branch is active by May 25. Then Russia and the U.S.-led coalition could conduct joint strikes against the Nusra Front and any other...
  • Is Soros Funding An Agitprop Protest Movement to Destabilize Poland’s New Democratically Elected

    05/20/2016 11:38:47 AM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 19 May 2016 | Matthew Tyrmand
    Truncated title. Full title:Is Soros Funding An Agitprop Protest Movement to Destabilize Poland’s New Democratically Elected Government? As I have written about at length in these pages; on October 25th the Polish people decisively elected a new government delivering the largest popular mandate in modern Polish history (the post-1989 period) to the right of center Law & Justice party (PiS- Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc). This election was a stunning rebuke of the last ruling party, Civic Platform (PO- Platforma Obywatelska), which was founded by the current head of the European Council Donald Tusk, and their junior coalition partner PSL (the Marxist...
  • Israel defense minister quits, warns of "extremist" takeover

    05/20/2016 7:59:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2016 9:38 AM EDT | Ian Deitch
    Israel’s defense minister announced his resignation on Friday, saying the governing party had been taken over by “extremist and dangerous elements” and that he no longer trusted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following reports that he was to be replaced. Moshe Ya’alon’s departure removes a strong voice of moderation in the Cabinet and deepens the rift between the security establishment and the hardline politicians. Ya’alon told reporters that “Israel is a healthy society” with a “sane majority” that is tolerant of minorities and strives for a liberal and democratic society. “But to my great dismay extremist and dangerous elements have taken...
  • Seventh Heaven: Germany's Refugees Flock to Christian Churches for Baptism

    05/20/2016 12:01:31 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    sputniknews.com ^ | May 18, 2016 | sputniknews
    Christian churches in Germany have reported widespread interest from recently-arrived migrants and refugees who want to convert to Christianity, German newspaper Focus reported.
  • Sberbank Says Average Russian Salary Lower Than Chinese

    05/19/2016 11:45:53 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | May 19 2016 | The Moscow Times
    The Russian average monthly wage has slipped below $450, which is less than the Chinese average, Sberbank chief analyst Mikhail Matovnikov said, the TASS news agency reported Thursday. “Labor in Russia is now cheaper than in China,” Matovnikov was quoted as saying. According to a presentation given by Matovnikov during a meeting with shareholders in St. Petersburg, Russia’s average monthly salary is $433, which is lower than in Serbia, Romania, China and Poland.
  • Vladimir Putin’s Dangerous Obsession

    05/19/2016 7:15:11 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 52 replies
    NY Times ^ | 19 May, 2016 | Editorial Board
    The United States and Russia are now proposing to drop food and other emergency aid from the air if President Bashar al-Assad of Syria does not allow trucks to deliver supplies to his besieged cities. Airdrops are a risky and desperate move — costly, hard to deliver accurately and, if poorly targeted, a threat to kill or injure the people they are supposed to help. On the surface the move seems a humanitarian gesture from two nations that are supposedly partners in ending Syria’s bloody civil war. What it really does is highlight, once again, the duplicity of President Vladimir...
  • Is Soros Funding Agitprop Protest Movement to Destabilize Poland’s New Elected Gov't? 7 VIDEOS

    05/19/2016 12:56:33 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 19 May 2016 | Matthew Tyrmand
    This election [Oct 25th] was a stunning rebuke of the last ruling party, Civic Platform (PO- Platforma Obywatelska), which was founded by the current head of the European Council Donald Tusk, and their junior coalition partner PSL (the Marxist farmers party). This ejection from power was galvanized by the widespread acceptance of their brazen years of corruption as well as their loudly telegraphed desire for deeper European Union (EU) integration, which was wholly unappealing to the mass of Poles on the ground. The debate reached fever pitch ahead of the parliamentary elections over the migrant crisis and the Brussels mandated...
  • Meteor introduction transforms Swedish air defence

    05/19/2016 7:52:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 19 MAY, 2016 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Sweden’s air force has begun fielding the new MS20-standard software for its Saab Gripen C/D fleet, representing a significant increase in operational capability. The process of introducing the standard began recently, with MS20 adding MBDA’s Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and Boeing’s GBU-39 small diameter bomb to the single-engined fighter’s suite of weapons. Other enhancements include enhanced Link 16 capability for situational awareness, a new data link added to enhance capability during close air support missions, expanded functionality for the pilot’s helmet-mounted sight, an infrared reconnaissance pod and an automatic ground collision avoidance system. Saab Speaking at Saab’s Linköping site on...
  • 'We want food!': Venezuela crisis deepens

    05/18/2016 10:55:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 105 replies
    www.globalpost.com ^ | May 18, 2016 | Staff
    It was around noon when a food truck rolled up to a Venezuelan state-subsidized supermarket in the town of Guarenas just east of the capital. But, to the fury of the long line of people waiting out front, the cargo wasn't unloaded. Instead soldiers took it away. "We want food!" the crowd roared in protest, to no avail. Some tried to run after the truck. Under the state of emergency imposed by President Nicolas Maduro, the military, along with government-organized civilian committees, ensures that food packets are delivered door-to-door in order to -- as officials say -- cut out black...
  • Israel to use new sea-borne missile defense to guard gas fields

    05/18/2016 10:48:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | MAY 18, 2016 | Ari Rabinovitch
    Israel's military said on Wednesday it had developed a version of its Iron Dome missile interceptor system that can be fired from the deck of a cruising navy ship to protect its offshore gas platforms. The augmented defense system passed a live test two weeks ago when it shot down several short-range ballistic missiles from a moving boat, said Colonel Ariel Shir, the navy's head of operational systems. Israel has boosted its naval defenses over the past decade after the discovery of sizeable natural gas deposits off its Mediterranean coast. While the biggest fields are far from shore, the gas...
  • Smartmatic: All Things Connected (our voting machines are Venezuelan)

    02/24/2014 5:22:29 AM PST · by mgist · 7 replies
    Vcrisis ^ | 8/2011 | Boyd
    Smartmatic: All Things Connected By Aleksander Boyd Smartmatic revisited 08.03.2011 London 14.08.05 | The Florida register of companies contains details of the board of directors of Smartmatic Corporation, which is formed by Antonio Mugica, Alfredo Anzola, Antonio Mugica Rivero, Roger Piñate, Antonio Mugica Sesma and Luis Feliu [1]. Its principal place of business is 1001 Broken Sound Parkway, NW, STE D, Boca Raton, FL 33487. The company's history in Venezuela dates back to seven years ago when the venture was "the Research and Development Unit of Panagroup in Venezuela" (sic) and in "2000 we realized the true impact of our...
  • White House snubs Chaffetz, refuses to let aide testify after controversial Iran remarks

    05/16/2016 4:01:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/16/16 | Fox news
    remarks Published May 16, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook117 Twitter335 livefyre1070 Email Print Now Playing White House defends Iran deal in wake of Rhodes profile Never autoplay videos The White House confirmed Monday that Obama adviser Ben Rhodes will not be allowed to testify before House lawmakers on the Iran nuclear deal, after a last-ditch attempt by Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz to pry the controversial aide loose for the hearing. Chaffetz and the White House have been engaged in an escalating feud, all on the heels of a New York Times Magazine piece where Rhodes was quoted boasting about the administration’s success...
  • US State Department Approves $143 Million Sale of Submarine Missiles to Egypt

    05/18/2016 5:43:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    EGYPTIAN STREETS ^ | MAY 18, 2016
    The US State Department has approved a request by Egypt to purchase 20 Harpoon Block II encapsulated missiles for submarines as well as related equipment and training, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced in a statement. In addition to the Harpoon missiles, the proposed sale, worth approximately USD 143 million, includes two encapsulated harpoon certification training vehicles, technical assistance, personnel training and logistics support provided by the US. The missiles will be used by Egypt’s new Type 209 submarines, built by the German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, according to military intelligence and analysis website IHS Jane’s 30. “The proposed sale...
  • Sen. Cotton: White House Says One Thing In Classified Briefings, Another Thing To Public

    05/17/2016 4:23:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/17/16 | Steve Guest
    Sen. Tom Cotton ?79% alleged Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s administration officials say one thing in classified briefings with members of Congress and another thing in public to the American people. “It’s time that the administration came clean and told the American people exactly what they tell Congress in a classified setting,” Cotton insisted. Appearing on the Hugh Hewitt Show on Tuesday, Cotton said that he “became public enemy number one at the White House… because I’m telling the truth about the Iran deal.” On Monday, during the White House press briefing, press secretary Josh Earnest claimed that Cotton “time
  • Gold Reserve Gives Venezuela Till End of May to Pay $750 Million Expropriation Award

    05/17/2016 5:24:12 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 11 replies
    MIAMI -- For the second time, Venezuela has failed to pay mining company Gold Reserve the $750 million it has been awarded for Venezuela's expropriation of its gold mining operation in 2007.
  • Venezuela opposition rejects Maduro's state of emergency

    05/17/2016 5:55:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 17, 2016 7:07 PM EDT
    Venezuelan opposition leaders are rejecting a 60-day state of emergency declared by President Nicolás Maduro. Maduro declared the state of emergency over the weekend, giving himself decree powers to intervene in the economy and protect national sovereignty. He said the expanded powers were needed to guard against U.S. meddling in the socialist country. Opposition leader Henrique Capriles called the move unconstitutional Tuesday because Maduro acted unilaterally. Capriles said Venezuelans should reject the decree. …
  • Venezuela opposition leader Capriles says army must choose

    05/18/2016 12:42:12 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/17/2016 | BBC
    Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles has urged the army to choose whether it is 'with the constitution or with (President Nicolas) Maduro", after a state of emergency was declared. President Maduro has announced a 60-day emergency, giving soldiers and police wider powers to deal with the country's sprialling economic crisis. Mr. Capriles said the decree gave the president unconstitutional powers. He called on Veneuelans to ignore it and take to the streets on Wednesday. "We Venezuelans, will not accept this decree. This is Maduro putting himself above the constitution," Mr. Capriles told journalists. "To impose this, he'd better start preparing...
  • Venezuela's Parliament successfully votes to defy President's state of emergency

    05/18/2016 4:20:01 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 24 replies
    ABC Australia ^ | May 17, 2016 | Staff
    Venezuela's opposition has urged the public to defy a state of emergency that President Nicolas Maduro decreed over a nation sapped by food shortages and a collapsing economy. Key points: Opposition-controlled parliament rejects the President's state of emergency decree The opposition leader asks army: are you "with the constitution or with Maduro" Polls show 70 per cent of the population wants a new government The opposition-controlled National Assembly rejected the decree in a vote, saying it "deepens the severe disruption of constitutional and democratic order that Venezuela is suffering through".
  • Britain has become 'semi-pacifist' says retired general as he warns of war with Russia

    05/17/2016 8:07:54 PM PDT · by Go_Trump_2016 · 27 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 18 May 2016 | Tom Whitehead
    David Cameron has made Britain a "semi-pacifist" nation more interested in protecting "welfare and benefits" than adequate defences, one of the country’s most senior retired generals has warned. ... The devastating attack came as Sir Richard warned Britain and the West could be at war with Russia within a year if it fails to stand up to President Vladimir Putin’s aggression. ... Sir Richard’s book "2017: The War with Russia" presents a fictitious scenario but based on fact and his experiences as a senior NATO commander, before he stepped down in 2014...
  • Muslim states block 11 LGBT groups from attending UN Aids meeting

    05/17/2016 1:06:44 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/17/2016 | Staff
    A group of 51 Muslim states has blocked 11 gay and transgender organizations from attending a high-level meeting at the United Nations next month on ending Aids, sparking a protest by the US, Canada and the EU. Egypt wrote to the president of the 193-member general assembly on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to object to the participation of the 11 groups. It did not give a reason in the letter, which Reuters has seen. Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN, wrote to the general assembly president, Mogens Lykketoft, and said the groups appeared to have been...
  • Earnest: Wouldn't Be 'Fair' for Rhodes to Testify Before GOPs 'Who Lied About Iran Deal'

    05/17/2016 4:53:48 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5-16-2016 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON -- The White House said Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes will not be testifying at a Tuesday House hearing because it's not "a fair deal for people who lied about the Iran deal to question the person that told the truth," in the words of press secretary Josh Earnest. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee called the hearing on the White House's messaging surrounding the Iran nuclear deal after a New York Times article detailed how Rhodes helmed the effort to spin the deal to sell it to Congress and the American public. (snip) "The truth is,...
  • WH: The GOP Lied About the Iran Deal, So Our Embattled Spinmeister Won't Testify

    05/17/2016 4:45:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 16, 2016 | Guy Benson
    White House Spokesman Josh Earnest repeatedly ducked questions about whether presidential national security adviser Ben Rhodes should testify before a Congressional committee hearing exploring the controversial Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, instead asserting that Rhodes is the one who told the truth about the agreement, whereas multiple Republicans repeatedly issued false statements on the subject. Rhodes has come under fire after the New York Times published a profile piece in which President Obama's 39-year-old "mind meld" confidante on foreign affairs -- an "aspiring novelist" who holds academic degrees in political science, English and creative writing -- boasts of actively manipulating America's...
  • Rhodes won't show: White House raises 'constitutional concerns'

    05/16/2016 7:35:33 PM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 16, 2016 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The White House told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Monday that Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes won't be testifying on Tuesday about his controversial comments on the Iran deal. In a letter to Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, Neil Eggleston, counsel to President Obama, said it would raise "constitutional concerns" if Rhodes were to testify. He also said Congress has been consulted enough. "While the administration will continue to consult closely with Congress on this important matter, testimony by one of the most senior advisers to the president raises significant constitutional concerns rooted in the separation of...
  • Senators Demand Obama Fire Top Aide for Iran Deal Deception

    05/16/2016 6:16:28 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 25 replies
    freebeacon ^ | May 16, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    Leading members of Congress are calling on President Barack Obama to fire one of his top advisers amid a deepening scandal over accusations the White House intentionally misled lawmakers and the American public about the contents of last summer’s comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, according to a letter sent Monday to Obama and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The lawmakers are pressing Obama to fire deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes following revelations he and other officials “spearheaded the charge to mislead elected lawmakers and the American people about the Iran nuclear deal and the negotiations that led to...